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Shutdown Holding Up Minn. Couple’s Adoption In Texas

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Of all the petitions being heard by Special Master Kathleen Blatz for relief from Minnesota’s government shutdown, Sally Jean Wood’s may have been the most personal.

“Our petition would be: could we please come home?” Wood spoke to Blatz via teleconference from Texas Friday.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Adam Carter Reports

Wood and her husband, Mark, are trying to get home to Nashua, Minn. with their adopted baby boy, born June 30.

In order for the couple to bring the boy across state lines, they have to have certain paperwork processed in Minnesota, but no one is here to receive it.

“It is sitting in St. Paul in the FedEx office,” Wood said. “They cannot deliver it to the capitol because the capitol is closed.”

Wood told Blatz they’ve been in Texas for 10 days and are running low on funds. She says they’ve moved into a cheaper hotel, and are avoiding eating out.

She was assured by attorneys for Gov. Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson that the paperwork would be located and processed. Dayton’s attorney David Lillehaug told Wood if he had to drive to FedEx to pick up the papers himself, he’d do it.

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